American, British Navies Sail Together in South China Sea

January 15, 2019 – USS McCampbell (DDG 85) and Royal Navy Type 23 frigate HMS Argyll (F231) conducted operations together in the South China Sea, Jan. 11-16.

At sea, McCampbell and Argyll conducted communication drills, division tactics, and a personnel exchange designed to address common maritime security priorities, enhance interoperability, and develop relationships that will benefit both navies for many years to come.

Lt. j.g. Christopher Stuller, right, welcomes Royal Navy Pilot Lt. Mark Hoar aboard USS McCampbell (DDG 85), Jan. 14. (U.S. Navy/MC2 John Harris)

“We routinely train with regional allies and partners, but it is a rare opportunity for my team to work with the Royal Navy,” said Cmdr. Allison Christy, McCampbell’s commanding officer. “Professional engagement with our British counterparts allows us the opportunity to build upon our existing strong relationships and learn from each other.”

Argyll is currently deployed to the Indo-Pacific in support of regional security and stability. The cooperative deployment follows a trilateral anti-submarine warfare exercise between the U.S. Navy, Royal Navy, and Japan Maritime Self Defense Force, Dec. 21-22.

USS McCampbell (DDG 85), USNS Henry J. Kaiser (T-AO 187), and HMS Argyll (F231) conduct a replenishment-at-sea, Jan. 12. (Royal Navy/LPhot Dan Rosenbaum)

“Following on from our successful time in North East Asia, contributing to promoting regional security and prosperity, we are pleased with the opportunity to train alongside our closest ally,” said Cmdr. Toby Shaughnessy, Argyll’s commanding officer.

The U.S. Navy regularly flies, sails, and operates with allies and partners, both bilaterally and multilaterally to promote security and stability throughout the region. McCampbell is forward deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of security and stability in the Indo-Pacific region.